Sunday, February 6, 2011

The The - Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)

Where to begin on this song? Its title and ending refrain is an obvious reference to the "Happy Days Are Here Again" song that was popularized when alcohol prohibition ended in the U.S., when Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the U.S. Presidency, and (I think) at the end of World War II. The strongest atheist themes in the song is in the lines, "but if you think that Jesus Christ is coming, honey you've got another thing coming" and "if he ever finds out who's hijacked his name, he'll cut out his heart and turn in his grave". The song brilliantly illustrates how religion and politics are intertwined, and how religion is a potent tool in the hands of the politically powerful to enable them to get their citizens to fight their wars. The things I don't like about the song are the inclusion of Buddha in the beginning dialog. I'm sure that Matt Johnson was attempting to look for more religions to include besides Christianity and Islam, but in doing so, I think he has included a religion in the list that possibly doesn't share the same end of days philosophies of the other two. Also, I've always been puzzled by the line "And God won't send us down to Allah to burn". Did he mistake the Muslim term "Allah", which to my understanding is another term for "God", as being a word that meant "hell"? I don't know. But, these are minor flaws in what is otherwise a in impeccable observation- "the world is on its elbows and knees, it's forgotten the message and worships the creeds."











Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)
by The The

Are you ready for Jesus?
Uh huh
Buddha?
Yeah
Muhammad?
Ok
Well, I like this
Let's Go

They're 5 miles high as the crow flies
Leaving vapour trails against a blood red sky
Moving in from the East towards the West
With Balaclava helmets over their heads, yes

But if you think that Jesus Christ is coming
Honey you've got another thing coming
If he ever finds out who's hi-jacked his name
He'll cut out his heart and turn in his grave

Islam is rising
The Christians mobilising
The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds

It's war, she cried
It's war, she cried
This is war
Drop your possessions all you simple folk
You'll fight them on the beaches in your underclothes
You'll thank the good Lord for raising the Union Jack
You'll watch the ships sail out of harbour
And the bodies come floating back
Watch the ships sail out of harbour
And the bodies come floating back

But if you think that Jesus Christ is coming
Honey you've got another thing coming
If he ever finds out who's hi-jacked his name
He'll cut out his heart and turn in his grave

Islam is rising
The Christians mobilising
The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds

"Get the gun, get the gun, get the gun"
"Stay away from the gun, stay away from the gun"

If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
He'd be gunned down cold by the CIA
Oh, the lights that now burn brightest behind stained glass
Will cast the darkest shadows upon the human heart
But God didn't build himself that throne
God doesn't live in Israel or Rome
God doesn't belong to the yankee dollar
God doesn't plant the bombs for Hezbollah
God doesn't even go to church
And God won't send us down to Allah to burn
God will remind us what we already know
That the human race is about to reap what it's sown

Islam is rising
The Christians mobilising
The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds

The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds
The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds
The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds

Armageddon days are here again
Armageddon days are here again
Armageddon days are here again
Armageddon days are here

2 comments:

  1. "...I've always been puzzled by the line 'And God won't send us down to Allah to burn".' Did he mistake the Muslim term 'Allah,' which to my understanding is another term for 'God,' as being a word that meant 'hell'? I don't know."

    Probably they were stretching the ryhme to "dollar" and "Hezbollah" in the previous versus by trying to say "hell-ah."

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  2. Well, it's a nice idea that he may be singing "hell-ah" and trying to rhyme it to "dollar" and "Hezbollah", but, unfortunately, I've got the CD with the booklet and the booklet contains the lyrics and it's definitely "Allah".

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